Vintage Penn State football: “one of the greatest comebacks in Penn State football history,” 1982 vs. Nebraska
Vintage Penn State football: vs. Nebraska in 1982
In 1982, Penn State University played Nebraska in football on Sept. 25 in Beaver Stadium.
Penn State won, 27-24.
Staff writer Ronnie Christ wrote in The Sunday Patriot-News:
“Kirk Bowman’s shoetop catch of a 2-yard pass complete one of the greatest comebacks in Penn State football history Saturday and gave the Lions a 27-24 victory over Nebraska before a record 85,304 Beaver Stadium fans and a national TV audience.
There were only four seconds left in the game when Todd Blackledge looped a pass over the blitzing Cornhuskers to complete a two-minute drill that pro teams would envy.
Vintage Penn State football: ‘a great comeback’ vs. Nebraska in 1982
It was a play called “41 Chute” and it was the same play the Lions had called on the first TD pass of the game to the junior from Mechanicsburg.
A personal foul call on the kickoff gave the Lions possession at their own 35 with 1:18 to go.
“I told the team in the huddle that we had done it in practice and we could do it now,” said Blackledge, who completed 23 of 39 passes for 295 yards and three TDs. “No one lost his poise. That was the key.”
A great block by Pete Speros enabled Skeeter Nichols to get loose for 16 yards on a screen. Blackledge then hit Kenny Jackson at midfield. On fourth down, Blackledge hit Jackson at the 34. Then he found Mike McCloskey at the two.
Bowman’s clutch grab gives the Lions a 4-0 record and two weeks to prepare for Alabama.”